My first exposure to astrology was in high school at the age of 15 by my Unity church leaders who introduced me to their astrologer friends. As a drummer on the road playing jazz, there was much time for reading and scoured the astrology texts landing upon Dane Rhudyar. Mouni Sadhu’s Tarot was also an important influence. By 1977, a conversion took place, and after performing accurate tarot readings and my first professional astrology reading, the crossroads arose and I left the road to rely solely upon readings for my living. Furthering my compulsive learning habit, studies began with the Church of Light and Marion March.
In 1979, my interest in the intersection of consciousness, music and astrology heightened. I played music on flute based upon the astrological chart. The musical connection to the chart was at the time based upon what I thought to be an Egyptian method. Later research led me to the conclusion that it was most likely a post Renaissance expression of the Neo-Pythagorean movement. The client would experience uncanny feelings related to the difficult aspect. Using the Church of Light methods, I would take the dynamic focus of an astrological chart (the tightest orb hard aspect) and approach it from the opposite planet or from a planet supplying a harmonious aspect. The difficult emotional state would resolve into a more harmonious and coherent place. The method is as follows: C# Aries, D# Taurus, F# Gemini, G# Cancer, A# Leo, C Virgo, D Libra, E Scorpio, F Sagittarius, G Capricorn, A Aquarius, B Pisces. Sun – Ionian , Mercury – Dorian, Venus – Phrygian, Moon – Lydian, Mars – Myxolydian, Jupiter – Aoelian, Saturn – Locrian.
By 1980, Jyotish studies began with monks at the Krishna temple in Los Angeles. A parallel course of study emerged with flower essences, homeopathy and Daoist herbal medicines. A job opportunity at Cedar Sinai office towers opened for me managing Chinese herbs, western herbs, nutritional supplements and making homeopathics. While this took place I continued doing readings. Upon studying with Eileen Nauman, she told me that doing medical astrology required the study of medicine. I then pursued premedical education and graduated from Emperor’s college in 1986.
During the 1990s, I was an early subscriber to Project Hindsight – focusing upon Greek, Hebrew and classical form, studying with Rob Hand and horary methods with Olivia Barclay http://qhdc.org/barclay/. During this time, I did David Frawley’s Ayurveda and Jyotish program. This led to time studying Jyotish with KN Rao and Dr. Charak. I did heavy focus on novel relocation techniques as a medical therapy at that time and we can share this approach after the humoral discussions. My more recent studies are in the area of Jyotish, Cosmobiology, and Evolutionary Astrology as taught by Marc Jones. My most intensive focus at the moment, however, besides teaching and writing on the work, is the study of Vibrational Astrology with David Cochrane. It is a post Uranian focus upon midpoints and harmonic charts.
For me, astrology has been an intrinsic portion of my clinical practice. This led to more than 15,000 astrological consultations. As a result, there arose in me, novel approaches to medical astrology using acupuncture, herbs, diet and astrocartography. I have been teaching those methods, some contrary to classical and Renaissance methods, for the Astrological Society of Austin on multiple occasions, at Wildflower School of Herbal Medicine, Ohlone School of Herbal Medicine, online and through intensives.
My herbal studies began in 1980 with a Daoist form of herbal medicine focused upon nourishing the three treasures of spirit, vitality and and essence. It is a wellness model that I continue to use to this day. Following that encounter, I took a position managing the natural products pharmacy in a clinic at Cedar Sinai office towers in Beverly Hills. There, I studied western herbal medicine and made the decision to study acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Continuing my practice, after earning my credentials to practice in 1986, I earned my doctoral degree in Chinese medicine in 1988.
In 1991, I had my first encounter with Leon Hammer, MD who was a psychiatrist who abandoned psychiatry for Chinese medicine. I had long shared patients with his mentor, Dr. Shen, a now a legend who held lineage in the famous Ding family lineage. I then spent seven years co-teaching the work of Shen with Hammer who was my mentor for that time.
During this time I developed two-year herbal programs qualifying acupuncturists to sit for national examinations and 100% of my graduates passed. During that time I put together the Comparative Materia Medica as a study tool for my students.
I encountered Dr. Gu Neiqiang in 2000. He is the descendant of the famous Shanghai Gu family. They specialized in external disease conditions which included dermatology. I spent five years with Dr. Gu and they shaped my experience. Since that time of study, I have taught dermatology in advanced herbal medicine courses.
In connection with my early herbal studies, I studied the physiomedicalist herbal stylings of Dr. John Christopher. remaining in contact with the practice of herbal medicine in the west, I began teaching for the American Herbal Guild and at schools of western herbal medicine such as Ohlone School of Herbal Medicine and the Wildflower School of Herbal Medicine.
After completing a book on pulse diagnosis for People’s Medical Publishing House, they requested that I do another project. It was TCM Case Studies: Dermatology.
While managing the natural products pharmacy at Cedar Sinai office towers, I was introduced to homeopathy and learned to make the remedies. This was 1980. From that time, homeopathy has been a feature of my practice, and especially for hard to crack cases and pediatrics. During the early 1990s, I attended the New England School of Homeopathy. More recently, I was certified through a two-year program with Rajan Sankaran through Essential Homeopathy. I have followed the homeopathic thought of cosmobiologist, Reinhold Ebertin and am in the process of developing novel concepts in the use of homeopathy in conjunction with astrology.